Husker Nation was caught off guard today with the firing of Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst after 5 years with the university. Chancellor Ronnie Green and University President Hank Bounds met with Eichorst this morning to announce their decision and noted a lack of competitiveness across the AD as the primary reason for his firing.
Chancellor Ronnie Green and University President Hank Bounds met with Eichorst this morning to inform him of their decision and noted a lack of competitiveness across the AD as the primary reason for his firing in today’s press conference and media releases.
A prepared statement this morning from Chancellor Green read:
“Shawn has led Nebraska Athletics in many positive ways, but those efforts have not translated into on-field performance. Our fans and our student-athletes deserve leadership that drives the highest levels of competitiveness, as well as excellence across all facets of Husker Athletics.”
The decision to fire Eichorst appears deeply rooted in Husker teams abilities to win what they are expected to and to be competitive in everything else. A struggling men’s basketball team, a recent loss to MAC football team NIU, and a women’s basketball team that went 7-22 after 6 years of NCAA appearances and NIT berths are definitely some of the keys for their decision.
When asked how they define how they measure an AD’s success President Bounds responded:
“Clearly the most objective way is wins and losses, but there are differences in wins and losses,”
“There are programs that we compete with that we should compete with. Not everybody can win every game at the end of the day, but we expect to be in every game and compete in every game.”
It will be difficult to find an immediate replacement with football and volleyball underway and basketball about to start. It would appear, that while the search for a new AD is just beginning their Chancellor and President’s immediate priority lay in appointing an interim AD to run the program.
Chancellor Green and President Bounds commented that the university will be using a search firm to help locate the next Big Red Athletic Director and that they have consulted with former coach Tom Osborne and he will give his input on the next hire.
Many fans and former players have speculated on social media that a possible candidate may be current UNO Athletic Director, Trev Alberts. The former Husker football player has been leading the UNO Athletics department since 2009 and successfully transitioned them into the Summit League conference and into the Division 1 realm.
As the next few days go on we’re sure to see additional names popping up for both the interim and permanent athletic director so stay tuned.
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